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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jan 16, 2009 6:03am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Wrong film !!!!

It was renewed 50 years ago...

How long does a copyright renewal last?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Jan 16, 2009 6:20am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Wrong film !!!!

Currently the renewal term on a US film is 67 years with a total copyright term of 95 years (28 years initial term plus 67 years renewal term).

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Poster: Blank Pictures Date: Jan 16, 2009 6:20am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Wrong film !!!!

Works Originally Created and Published or Registered before January 1, 1978
Under the law in effect before 1978, copyright was secured either on the date a work was published with a copyright notice or on the date of registration if the work was registered in unpublished form. In either case, the copyright endured for a first term of 28 years from the date it was secured.

During the last (28th) year of the first term, the copyright was eligible for renewal. The Copyright Act of 1976 extended the renewal term from 28 to 47 years for copyrights that were subsisting on January 1, 1978, making these works eligible for a total term of protection of 75 years.

Public Law 105-298, enacted on October 27, 1998, further extended the renewal term of copyrights still subsisting on that date by an additional 20 years, providing for a renewal term of 67 years and a total term of protection of 95 years.

In plain English, it's in Copyright. Hope this helps everyone! I mean, come on, who REALLY imagines that classic Universal horror is out of Copyright?!

I'm not here to be a spoil sport, I'm not one of those vigilante types, I was just hoping to clear things up a bit! It really annoys me, and the producers/distributors I know when we keep coming across things that are so obviously in Copyright with people (wishfully) thinking that their PD!

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jan 16, 2009 6:33am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Wrong film !!!!

I've asked The Internet Archive to remove the film. I do the best I can to check whether films are under copyright. Thanks for your help.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Jan 16, 2009 7:35am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Wrong film !!!!

This film has been "rescued", to use a copyright owner's terminology, from the public domain twice. If the 1976/78 extention wasn't passed the film would have expired due to natural causes at the beginning of 1989 and if the subsequent Sonny Bono law hadn't passed it would have gone PD at the start of 2008. Instead, under the misguided and naive view that there will not be another "limited" extention on the copyright term of Mister Mouse's first outing and all subsequent copyrights, "Murders in the Rue Morgue" will not enter the US public domain until 2028.

Where I live this film has been public domain for a quarter century. The earth has not opened up and swallowed the living. There have been no plagues. And the movie has never been released on video or DVD. Officially or otherwise.

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2009-01-16 15:35:01